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PlayStation Vita Celebrates Its First Birthday in Japan

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Somewhere in the corner of Sony’s main Tokyo office are a gaggle of glum looking executives sat around a sombre looking PlayStation Vita cake. Exactly twelve months ago, the handheld released in the organisation’s home territory amidst much expectation. But despite a huge turnout at launch, sales have faltered since. Last week the console sold just 11,039 units domestically – a drop in the ocean compared to the Nintendo 3DS’ 211,499 units tally.

It’s clearly not the start that the Japanese giant intended for the powerful portable system – but while the Vita may never catch up with its main competitor, all hope is not lost. There are a wealth of Eastern oriented titles in the pipeline, including Soul Sacrifice, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, and Phantasy Star Online 2.

Sony president Kaz Hirai will be hoping at least one of those releases strikes a chord, as he blows out the solitary candle decorating the aforementioned console-shaped cake.

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User Comments (8)

Knux

#1

Knux said:

The Vita still had a much better first year than the PSP did, so there's still plenty of hope.

Savino

#2

Savino said:

Make it 200 dollars! Sony, or less.... The premium WiiU is about the same price of vita and a 32gbs card....

SammyOfMobius

#7

SammyOfMobius said:

@Savino Make it the same price as 3DS and watch the PS Vita sell more than the 3DS. Okay, it might not, but it will sell significantly better than it is now. :)

get2sammybAdmin

#8

get2sammyb said:

@MultiMariosonic It won't ever outsell the 3DS in Japan now. Not even if it's cheaper. What's important is that the system develops a strong following a userbase, and cultivates a profitable software ecosystem. Despite the poor sales of the Vita, games tend to sell well in Japan (when they release), so I really do think this is just a case of Sony ensuring there's a steady stream of content.

Once it can guarantee that, it should drop the price at the same time. A string of software release and a lowered price will propel the Vita forward in the long-term.

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